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Wounded tiger rescued from traditional market on Riau islet

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru   /   Mon, November 19 2018   /  12:58 am

After escaping a snare and hiding at a traditional market in Indragiri Hilir, Riau, for three days, a tiger was finally rescued on Saturday.

A rescue team from the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) shot the animal with a tranquilizer gun at 1:48 a.m. on Saturday while it was hiding in a pit under a stilted shophouse at a traditional market on Burung Island, an islet located in Indragiri Hilir’s Burung Island district.

“We had to tear down the shop’s bathroom floor so that we could remove the tiger while it was sedated,” said Riau BKSDA head Suharyono.

The team struggled to move the male tiger, which is estimated to weigh about 80 kilograms. The team also had to race against time as the sedative is only effective for two hours.

After it was successfully removed, the animal was placed in a cage and examined by three veterinarians.